Revolution Skincare’s CBD Serum contains cannabidiol (CBD), which emerging research is proving can improve skin’s health in numerous ways. The only issue is that it’s being used in such low concentration here that it’s not likely to make much of difference for skin.
Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that offers direct anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically. Its ability to interrupt the triggers of inflammation can help minimize breakouts, stop wrinkles from becoming worse, and soothe sensitive, reactive skin.
Unfortunately, cannabidiol is the very last ingredient in CBD Serum, meaning you’re not likely getting enough of it to have a real impact on skin. Just to be sure, we reached out to Revolution Skincare to find out how many milligrams of CBD the formula contains but they would not share that information. For the record, it’s helpful when brands list the milligrams of CBD on the bottle, so you know exactly how much you’re getting.
The formula also contains cannabis sativa seed oil; however, that is not the same thing as concentrated CBD. It still has value for moisturizing skin and supplying replenishing omega fatty acids but only delivers trace amounts of the CBD component.
The rest of the fragrance-free formula isn’t bad but is lacking in terms of other supportive ingredients like antioxidants. In fact, this rates lower than the brand’s CBD Oil for that exact reason - it doesn’t have as robust a complement of supporting ingredients as the oil. If you do decide to go for it, it’s best to store the frosted glass bottle packaging somewhere dark (i.e. in a drawer) to keep the ingredients that are sensitive to light (such as CBD) as stable as possible. This serum’s liquid texture is suitable for all skin types and absorbs quickly, setting to a non-greasy finish.
- Contains cannabidiol (CBD), which offers anti-inflammatory/anti-aging benefits for skin.
- Absorbs quickly, setting to a non-greasy finish.
- Fragrance free.
- CBD is the last ingredient, meaning it’s in miniscule concentration.
- The brand isn’t forthcoming about how much CBD this product contains.
- Frosted packaging means this must be stored out of direct light.
Designed with CBD beginners in mind, this gentle serum is formulated with Cannabis Sativa Oil and Cannabidiol, the Cannabis derived ingredients that are being praised for their nourishing skincare properties. With Glycerin to hydrate, this serum will help to moisturize, nourish, and calm dry skin.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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